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First Black secretary of Senate sworn in

First Black secretary of Senate sworn in
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Sonceria “Ann” Berry was sworn in as the Senate’s new secretary Monday afternoon, becoming the first Black American and eighth woman to hold the appointed position.

A veteran Senate aide, Berry most recently served as deputy chief of staff for Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahySenate Democrats call on Biden to restore oversight of semiautomatic and sniper rifle exports Bottom line Congress brings back corrupt, costly, and inequitably earmarks MORE (D-Vt.), who swore her in for her new role.

“We begin this week on a joyful note welcoming an upstanding individual to serve as the new Secretary of the Senate,” Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck Schumer'Real Housewives of the GOP' — Wannabe reality show narcissists commandeer the party 'Building Back Better' requires a new approach to US science and technology Pew poll: 50 percent approve of Democrats in Congress MORE (D-N.Y.) said following Berry’s swearing in. Schumer named her to the position in February.

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Schumer added that Berry’s elevation to the position was a “testament to her outstanding career as a public servant of the highest caliber over her 40 years in Washington.”

The Secretary of the Senate has existed since 1789, when Congress was still in its infancy. Per the Senate website, the upper chamber’s secretary is responsible for a wide array of “legislative, financial and administrative functions” in support of the legislative body’s “day-to-day operations.”

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The Senate this week is expected to confirm two more of President BidenJoe BidenObama, Clinton reflect on Mondale's legacy Biden, Harris commend Mondale in paving the way for female VP Mondale in last message to staff: 'Joe in the White House certainly helps' MORE’s Cabinet nominations — Miguel CardonaMiguel CardonaThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - All US adults can get vaccine; decision Friday on J&J vax Biden accompanies first lady to medical procedure Biden to accompany first lady to appointment for 'common medical procedure' MORE for Education secretary and Rhode Island Gov. Gina RaimondoGina RaimondoRepublican lawmakers reintroduce bill to ban TikTok on federal devices Hillicon Valley: Intel leaders push for breach notification law | Coinbase goes public House Republicans raise concerns about new Chinese tech companies MORE (D) for Commerce secretary.

During his remarks, Schumer also signaled that the Senate would take up Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that passed the House on Friday.

Any version of the bill that’s passed by the Senate is almost guaranteed to be different than the House’s version, as moderate Democrats and Republicans have balked at multiple parts of the legislation.